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Thrummed Mittens workshop

A new Thrummed Mittens Workshop for experienced knitters is available in Ridgefield Continuing Education. What’s Thrummed? A thrum is a tuft of thread or wool.

Using roving which is a continuous strand of loosely twisted and drawn fibers, thrums are created and incorporated into knitting one of the warmest pair of mittens you will ever make.

During this three-part session, you will learn to knit in the round with double-pointed needles, increase stitches to create a thumb gusset, decrease stitches to taper the mitten, and use the Kitchener stitch to finish the mitten.

Thrummed participants need to know how to cast on, knit, and purl. Class size is limited; register by July 5 so that you can purchase the roving and other materials before class. This class meets July 12, 19, 26 (3:45 to 5:45 p.m.; $76). You may also join Knitting for Beginners classes on July 11 and 12.

Instructor Lizabeth Doty, a professional educator and former teacher for over 45 years has taught knitting to students of all ages for years. Visit for materials list or call (203) 431-2812.

Workshops: Excel, Windows, LinkedIn

Upcoming tech workshops full of essential tips, tricks, and insights into Excel, LinkedIn, and more topics are available through Ridgefield Continuing Education. These classes are small to allow for Q and A. Tutorials are also available. Some classes are in person with a hybrid option and some are totally on Zoom.

Intro to Excel (July 12 and 14; 10 a.m. to 12 noon; $80) will get you started with basic formulas and formatting.

Intermediate Excel (July 19 and 21; 10 a.m. to 12 noon; $80) focuses on more formulas; linking sheets and workbooks; functions and more.

Advanced Excel for Windows (July 26 and 28; 10 a.m. to 12 noon; $80) focuses on Excel pivot tables and charts, V Lookup, database features and introduces if statements and scenarios. Intro to LinkedIn One on One with tech author Lance Whitney (available most Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m.) takes you through the steps to create or update a LinkedIn profile that will promote your professional achievements.

Advance registration required. Ridgefield Senior (age 62 and older) discount. Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812 for prerequisites or to register. Windows, PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Cyber Security, eBay, Google Docs, and iPhone are also available in July and August.

Archaeology of Meso America class

The Rise of Civilization in Meso America: Mayans, Toltecs, and Aztecs is a Ridgefield Continuing Education course that discusses how the people of Mesoamerica went from caves to building cities, states, and empires.

Before pyramids appeared in Egypt, they were being built in Mexico by people who had no written language, and used only stone tools. One by one, civilizations in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize rose and fell. We will look at the Mayans, the Toltecs, and the Aztecs. They all spoke different languages, but produced the same wonderful art, played the same ballgame, established extensive trade routes, built monumental cultural centers, practiced human sacrifice, and had similar pantheons of gods.

Instructor Lynn-Marie Wieland is a lithic archaeologist specializing the study of Native American manufacturing and use of stone tools. She has also studied the archaeology of Meso America extensively. This class meets Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Zoom. You may also attend in person at the Annex (left of Yanity Gym). Cost is $76 (Ridgefield Seniors pay $65. Advanced registration required. Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

Coastal style, decorating trends

Coastal Style and 2022 Decorating Trends is a two-hour workshop in Ridgefield Continuing Education where you will learn about this new decorating style.

In this lively and fun workshop, we will analyze and discuss rooms and homes decorated in "Coastal Style,” as well as examine its country and cottage cousins such as Cottage-Country decor. These summery styles include elements which are comfortable, livable, and classic, offer a relaxing escape and vacation like oasis in our homes.

Top 2022 Design Trends as identified by Pinterest, Etsy, Houzz and design magazines are also featured. We will tour vacation homes of top designers such as Bunny Williams, Vicente Wolfe, Markham Roberts, Robert Kime, Rita Konig, Victoria Hagan, Mark D. Sikes and more to see how they implement these styles.

The workshop will offer ideas on how to identify participants' personal style and show how to update rooms using elements from these current styles. This class meets on Wednesday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. on Zoom. Cost is $31. Ridgefield seniors (age 62 and older) and disabled pay $26. Advanced registration required. Visit or phone Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

SAT Test Prep, Lentz classes

Take an online SAT Prep class this summer and cover your bases before taking the SAT. Even when SAT optional is available, a good SAT score still helps in applying to college or for various scholarships.

Virtual and live online SAT Prep options through Ridgefield Public Schools’ Continuing Education program help Ridgefield students prepare for the August and fall SAT’s.

Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep, the largest independently owned SAT Prep company in this region, is offering SAT Prep classes with evening and weekend options. The weekend class (Group 31) starts on Sunday, July 10 with English meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Math meeting from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The weeknight class (Group 29) starts on Monday, July 11 (English) and Tuesday, July 12 (Math) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $475 (24 hours) and includes all course materials. For more info visit or or call Lentz & Lentz at 1-800-866-SATS.

Ridgefield Academy celebrates Class of 2022

On June 15, 18 graduates of Ridgefield Academy were presented with their diplomas during a ceremony in the Graduation Garden.

The graduates’ families and the entire school community were present to witness each graduate process in with their kindergarten buddy, deliver a speech, and ring the Patriot Bell to mark the end of their academic journeys at Ridgefield Academy. Eight members of the Class of 2022 were “lifers,” having attended Ridgefield Academy and Landmark Preschool since preschool or kindergarten, and five of the graduates are from the town of Ridgefield.

Ridgefield Station celebrates grand opening

Ridgefield Station, an Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support community, celebrated its highly anticipated Grand Opening on Thursday, June 16, after opening its doors two years ago.

Notable attendees included First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Selectwoman Barbara Manners. Ridgefield Station's Executive Director, Joseph Simone, and Senior Living Residences President and CEO, Tadd Clelland.

SLR, the management company that oversees day to day operations of Ridgefield Station along with 17 other communities in New England, took over Ridgefield Station in November 2021.

Ridgefield student at Maritime Rowing Club excels

A Ridgefield student and member of the Maritime Rowing Club excelled at the 2022 Youth National Championships held June 9-12 in Sarasota, Fla.

All crews had to qualify for the regatta through regional regattas held last month. Maritime Rowing qualified a record 19 crews in the Youth, U17, U16 and U15 age categories.

Gold medals were won by the Men’s U17 Quad, Men’s U16 Coxed Quad and the Women’s U15 Coxed Quad. Silver medals were won by the Women’s Youth twice (bowed by Ridgefield HS senior Jax Mantione), Women’s U16 Coxed Quad, and Men’s U17 Double. Bronze medals were won in the Men’s Youth Quad and Men’s U17 Four with Coxswain. 

This regatta was also the final high school event for the club’s graduating class of 2022, including Jax Mantione of Ridgefield, who will attend Northwestern University this Fall.

Student wins Ridgefield Historical Society’s first scholarship

The Ridgefield Historical Society has awarded its first-ever scholarship to Tyler Ingram, Ridgefield High School Class of Ridgefield 2022.

The $1,000 scholarship was introduced as part of the Society’s 20th Anniversary celebrations this year.

All Ridgefield High School students were invited to share a presentation, in the medium of their choice, expressing an aspect of Ridgefield history that has resonated with them.

Ingram’s submission recounts the lessons he derived from a project he worked on, transcribing the letters of a Ridgefield family at the turn of the 20th Century. In transcribing the letters, Ingram discovered that while centuries of time may separate individuals, common thoughts and actions unite them. He also was able to relate the commentary in the letters to historic events he was learning about at school.

The Ridgefield Historical Society scholarship was presented on Wednesday, June 1 at the Ridgefield High School Awards Ceremony, along with many others.

Woodcock Nature Center to host 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash

In celebration of its numerous achievements over the last 50 years, Woodcock is hosting a 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 9.

Woodcock fans of all ages are welcome at the summer event which will feature an opportunity to meet teaching animals, make nature art, learn about nature-friendly birthdays, enjoy Woodcock’s one-of-a-kind nature playground, and even set out on an educational scavenger hunt.

Tickets for the Birthday Bash are on sale for $25 per person on the Woodcock website and are available in two time slots: 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm. Leashed dogs are welcome. The event is rain or shine on the Woodcock preserve.

Woodcock Nature Center salutes Eagle Scout Jared Hogan

A June Court of Honor ceremony at the Woodcock Nature Center recognized new Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 76 in Ridgefield.

Woodcock Nature Center was proud to host the Court of Honor for Eagle Scout Jared Hogan on Sunday, June 5.

A member of BSA Troop 76, Jared and his family have been long-time volunteers and supporters of Woodcock, which was the beneficiary of his final eagle scout project during 2021.

For his project, Jared conceptualized and built a 12’ x 15’ wood-framed pavilion along the nature center's orange trail to serve as a shelter for outdoor classes and community programs. Support was also provided for the project by Ring's End.

Woodcock teaching staff in attendance acknowledged how this and so many other Eagle Scout projects help Woodcock to better serve the community through education and access to nature. Past Eagle Scout projects on Woodcock's 149-acre preserve, which straddles both Ridgefield and Wilton, have also included educational signage, bridges, sheds, benches, gardens and much more. Also there to acknowledge Jared's exceptional service to the community were Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Sen. Will Haskell.

Honorees of Thrown Stone New Connections Award

RVNAHealth President and CEO Theresa Santoro, and Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance Executive Director Amy Piantaggini are the inaugural honorees of the Thrown Stone New Connections Award.

The New Connections Awards were envisioned to recognize individuals who exemplify Thrown Stone’s values and our mission to move, connect, and challenge all who join our theatrical conversation. Each year, the award will focus on a distinct theme that harmonizes with our season. In 2022, that theme is Mentoring Young Women.

The inaugural honorees have distinguished themselves over a number of years as mentors, and have each selected a mentee, who will present their awards in a short ceremony following our opening night performances. Melissa Woodhouse will present Ms. Santoro with her award on July 15, after the performance of Athena by Gracie Gardner. Nell Walton will present Ms. Piantaggini with her award on July 22, after the performance of Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer.

Award presentations will take place immediately after the performances, and all ticket holders are invited to attend.

Ridgefield Girl Scouts achieve Gold Award

Three Ridgefield Girl Scouts - Angelina Cerulli, Caroline McGrath and Sofia Schaffer have earned the Gold Award, the highest leadership award in Girl Scouting.

They were recognized at a state-wide ceremony on June 5 in Hamden.

This year’s projects represented a diverse range of issues.

Angelina Cerulli’s initiative, “Farm to Firehouse” provides healthy food options and stress relief to first responders at the Ridgebury Fire Station #2.

Caroline McGrath tackled eating disorders by creating materials that are now part of the Ridgefield High School health curriculum.

Sofia Schaffer’s project entailed writing a book, “Hedgerow Habitats: Supporting Your Neighborhood Wildlife” which explains how hedgerows help the local ecosystems.

Gold award recipients are also eligible for scholarships. Alexia Anglade, who earned her Gold Award in 2021 for creating a Green Business award for the local community, is one of seven girls who received the Gold award scholarship this year from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

Girl Scouts’ Ridgefield Service Unit also honored its Gold Award Girl Scouts as well as all middle and high school Girl Scout achievements at a ceremony on June 10 in Ballard Park.

Discussion of Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ at Ridgefield Library

On July 7 at 7 pm, Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale College will visit the Ridgefield Library in person to discuss Ernest Hemingway's 1952 Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Schenker’s presentation will be more of a discussion rather than a lecture, so if you read the book you'll have a richer experience. There are no wrong answers and participation is not required. Please contact the Library for assistance in finding a copy of the book.

To register, please visit our calendar at or call (203) 438-2282.

Melissa McGuire Cabaret show to be at the Ridgefield Theater Barn July 9


Stop and Shop will be open normal business hours

Stop & Shop will be open normal business hours through the Fourth of July weekend, and on the July 4th holiday.

The grocery store chain wishes all people a great holiday.

Melissa McGuire cabaret show to be at the Ridgefield Theater Barn July 9

As part of the RTB Lounge series, the Theater Barn is presenting Melissa McGuire: Give Me The Simple Life. Directed by Duane Lanham, with musical direction by Rodney Loren, the event is one night only, Saturday, July 9 at 8pm.

McGuire will regale audiences with Broadway and jazz standards from the ’50s, ’60s, and '70s in a unique cabaret, story-telling evening. The cabaret will have special guests and the RTB Trio. As with most Barn shows, the seating is cabaret-style, and patrons are encouraged to bring food and drink to enjoy before the show.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane. Tickets are $30 per person and reservations can be made at

Keeler Tavern Museum, History Center July 4th celebration

Celebrate community, independence, and the 56th anniversary of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s opening day on Monday, July 4 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition to July 4’s national significance as Independence Day, the day holds a spot of honor in KTM&HC’s own history: on July 4, 1966, the museum opened its doors to the public for the first time, kicking off a decades-long commitment to preserving and sharing our site’s history with the widest audiences possible. KTM&HC’s annual July 4 festivities have long been a fun and patriotic Ridgefield tradition, and after a two-year hiatus, the museum is thrilled to be welcoming visitors to this special event once again.

Visitors will find lots to do on our beautiful four-acre site, and admission is free. Explore the historic tavern museum on your own - experienced interpreters will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions. Check out our new exhibit in the Gilbert Wing of the museum and enjoy family activities in the historic carriage barn. Listen to live music on the tented terrace: progressive bluegrass by the always popular Angry O’Haras.

Kids can pick up a sitewide scavenger hunt from our Visitor Center and participate in games and crafts on the front lawn, designed especially for younger visitors. And no one should miss the dunk tank, where visitors get a shot at dunking a costumed “King George III.” Cool off with a delicious snack: free watermelon slices for all and ice cream available for purchase.

At 2 p.m., KTM&HC will join organizations and individuals throughout Ridgefield, the state, and the nation in a coordinated bell ringing: “Let Freedom Ring” is a long-standing tradition where groups ring bells 13 times at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s freedom and independence. Following the bell ringing, there will be a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.